GeneralThis is the newer version of this lens, offering VR (or, as Tamron calls it, VC = Vibration Compensation). But is it otherwise similar to the old one, optically and otherwise? Or are there any tricks hidden inside its (plastic) casing? As you can see if you compare the two reviews, a lot of what I had to say about the previous version also applies here. But there are still some crucial differences.
|I found myself using this lens more as a short tele and less as a macro. It doesn't mean it's not good in that, too, simply that this is a lens meant for versatility|
Pros/Cons+ optically almost flawless, no real issues (but read below).
+ stabilization works splendidly.
+ AF is finally modernized: fast and reliable
- construction quality inferior to Nikon's
- on full-frame, I find the 90mm a weird focal length for macro (more on 'Final Verdict')
- somewhat susceptible to flare without the hood.